“ Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Foot Polish „
I think this cost me about £5 (I got it quite a while ago) and as far as I'm concerned, it's great value for money! I love citrussy smells and this is one of the most wonderful that i have experinced in a long while. It has crushed up walnut shells in it, which are excellent for exfoliating, and they leave your feet feeling very soft and smooth. For those suffering from smelly toes, I would go for something specifically designed for that problem (in fact I think the body shop has something in this very range), but this product will certainly help with that as well. I use this mostly on my (incredibly dry and hard) heels, and it really helps soften them up, especially when used with a moisturier afterwards. I intend to try something else from this range soon (using my wonderful new body shop discount card which I would advise everyone gets) and I would thoroughly recommend this product to anyone.
I bought this whilst browsing around in The Body Shop a few months back whilst buying something else. I can honestly say that this is the best foot polish that i've ever used!!! I paid £7.00 for the 130ml size, a little goes a long way so it does last for much longer than you originally think.
The smell is lush and is comforting when rubbing into your feet, after rinsing off with water it feels as though it's got rid of all the dead skin and unleashed a brand new layer of fresh skin, bliss, certainly made them feel more revived and refreshed. My skin definitely felt more silky and smoothy after just one use.
The ingredients are as follows:
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Juglans regia (Walnut Shell Powder) (Exfoliant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Silica (Absorbent), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Sesamum indicum (Sesame Oil) (Emollient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Cymbopogon schoenanthus (Lemongrass Oil) (Essential Oil), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Hydroxycitronellal (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Benzyl Salicylate (Fragrance Ingredient), Farnesol (Fragrance Ingredient), Isoeugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 19140 (Colour).
For best results i use a footfile whilst the polish is still on and gently file over the area which needs to be filed, i then apply a little more of the polish and gentle massage it over my feet in circular motions. I then rinse off with warm water, dry and then apply moisturiser all over my feet and pop some moisturising socks on overnight, you wake in the morning and your feet feel fabulous, a must try for everyone.
My feet are currently wrapped up 'safe and sound' in woolly / thermal type bed or house socks, closely guarded with slippers. What a fantastically romantic picture I paint of my feet and myself!
However during the summer months, the toes and feet that are currently closely under wraps do come out for a viewing and this is when I tend to use this product, that is when my toes and feet are on show in sandals, however I know a few people who regularly use this during every season due to smelly feet.
Although I suffer from extremely cold feet, fortunately I don't suffer from smelly cold feet. Nonetheless this product is quite good for polishing up a part of the body that is often neglected by many of us, including myself!
- Price & Packaging -
My tube has now lasted two summers and there's enough left for next year as well, I hope!
The current price is 5 pounds (pound sign not working!) for a 130ml tube. This hasn't gone up in price / cost over the last two years so that's a positive for it already!!
The tube is made of clear plastic and it sits on it flip top black lid. Once 'flipped' open the product is dispensed through a small hole at the top.
I like the idea of the transparent plastic packaging as you are able to see as and when you need to replace it. However I much prefer tubs of lotions and potions so that you are able to scrape every last miniscule of the product out! Although there isn't too much waste in this type of packaging, at least you can cut through the plastic if you feel the need to scrape up every last bit of it!
- What do The Body Shop Say? -
'Smooth the way to fresher feet with a gently exfoliating treat......helps bring new life to rough soles leaving them soft and naturally fragrant'.
The lemongrass essential oil helps to naturally deodorize feet.
The walnut shell powder contains cleansing and exfoliating properties.
The Panthenol helps moisturise your skin.
- Appearance & Smell -
I may not paint a very complimentary picture of the appearance.
When in the tube, the polish looks like coarse sand. It's cream with sandy coloured bits in it. When you squeeze it out, it could be mistaken for thick mucus (mmm, nice!) but please don't be put off by this since the smell more than makes up for the appearance for anyone who likes the smell of lemon.
It isn't overpowering which I find is sometimes the case with some Body Shop products. It has a very light, refreshing aroma of lemon which makes your feet smell very fresh and clean.
- What is lemongrass oil? -
For more than a century people have been extracting the oil from lemongrass and it has traditionally been used for the following:
relief of muscular pain
to increase circulation
- My experience -
Depsite the not so pretty look of the polish I continue to use it.
It is a verygentle exfoliator and only faint granules can be felt amongst the 'creamy' part of it.
I use it in the bath once my feet have been soaked. It's very easy to apply, just rub it in to your feet, I concentrate more on the problem areas and then rinse of with warm water. If you are using this in the bath, be warned that the granules aren't all washed away when the plug is pulled out and depending on how much you have used there's a 'grainy' residue left in the bottom of your bath. Not a problem as it doesn't mark or stain just remember to rinse it all away.
As stated previously I don't suffer from smelly feet but I have heard from friends that this makes their feet smell a little fresher for longer.
As for polishing my feet......... Again, I'm lucky that my soles aren't full of hard skin but I do have a certain area on the bend / join in each of my big toes. This is a stubborn section of very hard skin which no matter how much I use this product will not budge. I really should have started using it when I first noticed the hard skin building up but it's too thick now for the exfoliator to get rid of it.
The rest of my feet, I think do benefit from this product but for those of you with particularly stubborn, hard skin around the backs of your soles then I don't think that this will do the trick, it's too gentle and a harsher form of treatment is perhaps necessary, such as a visit to the chiropodist.
- Other Body Shop Lemongrass Products -
Deodorising foot spray, foot powder lotion and foot soak.
- My verdict -
A lovely little treat for feet that are already in relatively good condition, it does work on the initial signs of any hard bits developing on your feet but as stated previously it doesn't do the trick on old bits of very hard skin!
A refreshing, cooling feet experience with a deoderant thrown in too.
This product is fantastic for summer for those achy warm feet that need a little pampering.
Best used with a Body Shop foot file to further remove dead skin this polish is a gentler way of removing dead skin from dry,hard feet.
It is best to soak feet first in warm water. Body shop also to a Lemongrass foot soak that compliments the foot polish. This soaking softens the dead skin and makes it easier to remove.
Massage the polish over your feet using your hands or better still, exfoliating gloves for a harsher scrub.
The lemongrass makes your feet tingle and feel superclean. It removes the dead skin well with regular use and the benifits of a deoderant in there too help keep bad smells at bay during warmer weather. It only last however with continued use as your feet naturally build up dry skin on the heels for protection, especially when your feet are exposed to fresh air when wearing sandals or flip-flops.
It leaves your feet feeling refreshed, clean and replenished.
The key ingredients in this products are as follows:
Lemongrass essential oil: This is for the deodorising part of the product and is a natural deoderant instead of a chemical one. This is also the main scent of the product and is really the only ingredient that you can smell.
Walnut shell: This are the "bits" in the polish. The walnut shells are grated into tiny pieces to create your exfoliator.
Panthenol: For moisurisation of the new skin cells that you reveal after taking the dead skin cells off.
Sesame seed oil: This is a fantastic moisturiser and a natural one too. It is also fair trade oil which means you are doing your bit by purchasing this products as opposed to one from elsewhere.
This product is £5.00 for 130ml and i find this a very reasonable price. Also The Body Shop dont test any of their products or ingredients on animals so it is cruelty free too.
A great product.
Walnut granules get to work on dry rough skin and Community Trade sesame oil softens things up / Size: 130ml /